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Protect your eyes from infection
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Summer rains provide a perfect cradle for various infections. And the first to feel the onslaught of summer humidity, heat, dust and pollution are the delicate eyes, which require good hygiene and constant care to avoid the danger of getting infected. The most common infections of the eyes in this season are the highly contagious conjunctivitis or eye flu.

Eye specialists say that the first sign of infection in this season is the redness, irritation and watering of eyes. The symptoms can be more pronounced early morning than during the day.

“One must be careful if redness, watering and itching starts in the eyes. Under such circumstances, the patient should avoid self-medication and do not start putting any eye drops on his own, which can prolong the infection and delay the healing process. Since humidity and temperature are favourable for organisms to grow and proliferate in this season, the infection can pass from one person to the other easily,” says a city-based eye specialist.

Doctors advise that in case the symptoms begin to surface, the patient should not touch or itch the eyes, howsoever great the temptation may be. The golden rule for early relief is an early visit to a doctor.



Honour for GMCH head
Tribune News Service

H.M. Swami Chandigarh, July 4
The Director-Principal of the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, Prof H.M. Swami, has bagged the prestigious Dr M.K. Seshadri Prize-2002 of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in recognition of his contributions in biomedical research. The award is being given for rendering distinguished contribution in the field of medical education and research.

The Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Ambumani Ramadoss, will present the award to Professor Swami at a ceremony at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi, on Tuesday. The award includes a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a medal.

Professor Swami will also receive the prestigious “Louis Pasteur Oration” at the 7th Annual National Conference on Rabies in Shimla.



Golf tourney begins today
Akash Ghai
Tribune News Service

Panchkula, July 4
Nestled in the foothills of lower Shivaliks and picturesque surroundings, the Panchkula Golf Course at Sector 3, is gearing up to hold for the first time the Chandigarh Junior/Sub Junior Golf Tournament, beginning tomorrow.

“This is for the first time that we are playing host to such a prestigious national level four-day tournament, in which over 122 participants will take part from all over the country. Two golfers are also coming from Sri Lanka for participation”, said Brig. Amar Jeet Singh Bahl (retd), General Manager of the course.

Earlier, the course, which has been built as per the United States Golf Association standards, had successfully conducted more than 10 corporate events like the Haryana Classic Tournament, the ICICI Bank Tournament and the Merchant Navy Cup . These all tournaments had been only one-day affair.

Terming the course as one of the best in the country, Brigadier Bahl said the club was now an 18 hole par 72 course with a length of 6,904 yards and was ideal and best challenging course to prepare the players for international competitions. He said, “At present we have over 600 members and are planning to increase the number of members to 1,800. Preference is being given to students for membership from whom we charge Rs 7,500 as entry fee, besides Rs 200 as monthly charges.”

Revealing the expansion programme, he said, “A club house, gymnasium and all weather indoor swimming pool will be built very shortly. The driving range is under construction and will be completed soon.”

Meanwhile, a free practice round and a Golf Rules Clinic under the supervision of Col. Nirmal Singh, (retd.), a former golfer and coach, were conducted for the participants today. The purpose of the clinic was to update the participants and officials about the rules and regulations of the tournament.



India may bid for Olympics in 2009: Randhir Singh
Arvind Katyal

Chandigarh, July 4
Though Indian sports administrators are gearing up to make plans to hold the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, will they ever be able to host the Olympics in the future. The 2008 Olympics will be held in Beijing and for the 2012 Olympics crucial voting will take place on July 6 in Singapore where there is a tough competition among Paris, London, Madrid, New York and Moscow. India could only offer its bid for the 2016 and 2020 Olympics.

Raja Randhir Singh, Secretary-General, Indian Olympic Association, said: “Once we all get into the habit of organising big events, then there is no problem for us for hosting the Olympics.”

Regarding the 2014 Asian Games, he said now only India and South Korea were the main contenders and with Jordan pulling out the bid likely to gain weight in India’s favour. On the another bid to hold the 2016 Olympics, Raja Randhir Singh said India could bid only in 2009.

Raja Randhir Singh will be the sole Indian representative in the 117th session of the International Olympic Committee in Singapore where the executive committee meeting on July 6 will finalise the venue.

Meanwhile, as per media reports, among five bidders, Paris seemed to be on top, with a score of 89 out of 110. London given 87, New York 83, Madrid 74 and Moscow 64.



Divya in last eight
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 4
Divya Sharma registered victory over Mandeep Makkar and Anand Sharma in his way to enter the quarterfinals of the Ch. Vishnu Pal Singh Memorial 9 Ball Pool Prize Money Tournament at the Chandigarh Billiards and Coaching Centre, Sector 22, here today.

After struggling at 1-4, Divya played an excellent game and overpowered Mandeep by five racks to four. Divya defeated Anand Sharma of Haryana by five racks to two.

In the next match of the day, Kamal Kant got the better of Rinku. Kamal took the advantage of the mistake made by Rinku in the last rack.

Seeded player Deepak Goel defeated Sunny Sagar by five racks to one (5-1) while Naveen Khosla turned the tables on seeded Arpit Seth by five racks to four (5-4) in their respective matches.

Cricketers honoured

Mohali: The Chandigarh Cricket Association honoured the winning team members of under-22, under-17 and runners up members of under-15 district teams at a function at PCA Cricket Stadium, here yesterday.

Brig.G.S. Sandhu, C.E.O, PCA, was the chief guest while Mr. B.K. Mehta, Additional Sessions Judge, was the guest of honour. The function was also attended by the coaches and parents of the players among others. Youngsters were asked to work hard with devotion and a sense of purpose to reach the top echelons of cricket. — TNS


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